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Performance and Symbolism

Bedhaya and the Poetics of Power

Court dance movement is valued for itself, and for its instrumental power to produce effects in the social world. This chapter examines the relationship between dance movement and political symbolism with reference to court bedhaya dances, using both oral and written accounts from the court circle. Court bedhaya dances have long been the prerogative of the sultan (lelangen dalem). Since 1945 they have normally been performed by women, and have high status as Indonesian culture. As such they are strongly associated with power and prestige.

Performance and SymbolismBedhaya and the Poetics of PowerCourt dance movement is valued for itself, and for its instrumental power to produce effects in the social world. This chapter examines the relationship between dance movement and political
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